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After playing from behind most of the game, the Detroit Lakes Angels gained the lead on the Bluffton Braves Saturday night when it really counted -- the bottom of the ninth inning. Outfielder Phil Kirchner stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, zero for his last eight at bats with seven pop flies, and hit a three-run homerun to beat the third seeded Braves 10-9 in dramatic fashion in the Hi-10 League playoffs. "I hadn't been swinging well, trying to do too much and trying to hit the ball too hard every time," Kirchner said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play.
The leeward side of the Detroit Lake sandbar was sweltering by mid-afternoon Saturday. Eric Doll of Perham decided to take a dip among the several hundred anchored boats, on what the locals call Cox's Point. Maybe it was the heat getting to him. Maybe it was the beer. Maybe he wanted to impress the ladies.
In the Detroit Lakes area during the summer, the only ice people want to think about are the cubes cooling down their favorite drink. But a crew of Detroit Lakes city employees have two large ice cubes to think about starting in late May. Jed Restad and Brennon Raser are in charge of making the rink ice at Kent Freeman Arena -- both in the summer for the International Hockey School and the fall for winter hockey. Both arenas of the skating complex are cooled down over a weekend in May, their cement floors frozen by coolant flowing beneath.
Detroit Lakes resident and self-described Harley-Davidson nut Joe Solmon wanted something to "class up" his backyard. The seven-foot-tall, three-foot-wide oak stump there wasn't doing the job. So he had it carved up -- into a six-foot-tall bald eagle sitting atop a Harley-Davidson logo. He cut down the dead oak tree three years ago, and started planning on having it carved into something. "I've always loved those chainsaw carvings," Solmon said. Solmon let the stump dry out for three years, so the wood wouldn't split, then called Floodwood chainsaw artist Troy Conlon and inquired abo
Local members of the Red Bulls Army National Guard unit spent an extra five months in Iraq, on top of their regular one-year deployment in 2006-2007. They grew close, laughed together, fought together and shed tears together. Here's a Memorial Day look at how some of them are doing since they came home. Andy Riewer lost two of his brothers while serving with Able Company in Iraq. Pictures of his good friend, Josh Hanson, and brother, Greg, adorn his office at the Detroit Lakes Armory.
Schoolteachers have a lot on their plate just being a teacher. Some choose to also coach sports or lead an extra curricular activity.
The Veteran's Memorial Wall at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes has a new permanent location. The wall, which had outgrown its former location at the main cemetery entrance, was moved to its new location next to the north entrance last week. According to veteran volunteer Dave Coalwell, the Memorial Wall had seven panels of veterans' names with no room to expand. The new location will have room for 11 panels. Each panel holds 120 names of Becker County deceased veterans, he said. The new permanent location for the wall will feature an American flag on one end and a P.O.W.
Travel north of Audubon about six miles during an early April morning and you may hear an unearthly noise.
It's springtime in Minnesota. Robins return, once dead grass and flowers start to grow again and gamefish start to make their runs upstream to spawn. That's when the Fisheries crew at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lake Sallie Hatchery get busy collecting walleye eggs. According to Fisheries manager Jim Wolters, his crew will collect about 310 quarts of walleye eggs in about a two-week period, which started April 5. "That takes care of our quota for our lake stocking and our walleye rearing ponds, too," he said. The operation is fairly simple.
Despite playing a hard-fought, clean game, the Detroit Lakes Lakers fell short 47-40 to the Hawley Nuggets Thursday night in Ralph Anderson Gym. Hawley (23-0) showed why they're the third ranked team in class 2-A in the state -- playing good defense and slowing down the pace of the game when they need to. "You have to play efficient basketball against a team like Hawley because you know they are," said Laker head coach Mike Hoganson.